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The making of Britain's European foreign policy

Author: Anthony Forster; Alasdair Blair
Publisher: Harlow ; New York : Longman, 2002.
Series: Political dynamics of the EU series.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The significance of British foreign policy in relation to Europe is wide-ranging, stretching from the grand policy of monetary union to the regulation of air quality. This study directs readers through the significance of European affairs to Britain.
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Anthony Forster; Alasdair Blair
ISBN: 0582418356 9780582418356
OCLC Number: 46872356
Description: xvi, 223 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: The context 1 --
The structure 3 --
The focus 6 --
1 British European policy in historical perspective 11 --
Historical context 11 --
Seeking membership 18 --
Uncertain partner 20 --
A special European 26 --
2 Conceptual lenses for explaining state interaction in the EU 31 --
What is a theory of foreign policy? 32 --
The neorealist account 37 --
The neofunctional account 41 --
Liberal intergovernmental account 44 --
The new theoretical accounts: the comparativist school 48 --
The new theoretical accounts: the constructivist/reflectivist school 49 --
3 The machinery of government 55 --
The context 56 --
Domestic co-ordination: the role of ministers 60 --
Domestic co-ordination: the role of officials 68 --
The Brussels links 74 --
The role of Parliament 81 --
An evolving structure 83 --
4 Case study 1: treaty negotiations 91 --
Administrative adaptation and EU constitutional bargaining 93 --
Policy preferences and IGCs 107 --
Governmental behaviour and IGCs 110 --
5 Case study 2: social policy 117 --
Policy development 119 --
The sources of British policy preferences 122 --
The pursuit of British policy perferences 127 --
6 Case study 3: Economic and Monetary Union 140 --
The implications of EMU 141 --
Shaping policy 147 --
Policy development 150 --
Divide and rule 153 --
Isolation 158 --
7 Trends and patterns in British European policy 167 --
Adaptation --
the causes of change 167 --
How adaptation is taking place 171 --
The consequences of change 176 --
8 Challenges for the making of British European policy 184 --
The need to identify policy objectives and positive policy goals within the EU 184 --
The growing importance of public opinion on the European issue 185 --
The challenge of flexibility and the emergence of a new core Europe 187 --
Accountability and legitimacy 187 --
Devolution and the challenge of multi-level governance 188 --
Decision-making within the EU 190 --
The challenge of enlargement 190 --
The challenge to sovereignty 191 --
Appendix 1 EU Directorate Generals 192 --
Appendix 2 Web Links 194.
Series Title: Political dynamics of the EU series.
Responsibility: Anthony Forster and Alasdair Blair.

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The significance of British foreign policy in relation to Europe is wide-ranging, stretching from the grand policy of monetary union to the regulation of air quality. This study directs readers through the significance of European affairs to Britain.

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